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As the owner of a window tint business, the first question I get asked on Facebook, Instagram or in person is "How much does window tint cost?"


Shopping for a service as specialized as window tint, you will always see a wide range of prices and package deals. Some shops will charge per window, some will charge by the type and age of vehicle.


One thing that is certain is with window tint, you get what you pay for. Many veterans of the industry use the term "Good tint isn't cheap, and cheap tint ain't good" So depending on your budget and the vehicle you are looking to tint the price will vary.


Here are a few tips and questions to ask when looking for a good value when shopping for window tint!




Google / Facebook Reviews




Do some research on the tint shops around you, check their reviews and star rating, this is a quick indication on the customer experience you may have and the quality of their tint installation. but not all reviews may be accurate so take your time to sift through them and also note the response of the company to negative reviews, this will help you see the companies dedication to customer service and quality.

A company with good google reviews may charge more then a company with negative, few or no google reviews, but you will save time and possibly a negative experience by going with a solidly established company.




Window Tint Brand





Most shops will directly advertise the brand of tint film they install, if not you can call and ask. A few reputable brands are listed here:


-Xpel

-Autobahn

-Suntek

-Llummar

-Hüper Optik

-3M


All these Brands have a proven track record and most offer a film with a lifetime warranty. But just like when buying a new vehicle there are "Good, Better and Best" trim options within the brand, not all product lines within these brands offer the same warranty or performance, so its best to ask not just what brand of tint they use, but also the type or construction of the tint film as this will effect the price of the window tint installation.




Which window tint is the best value for me?


We wont go to far into the different types of window tint in this article, but there are generally 3 types of window tint offered today.


Dyed Tint : This is a entry-level tint, great for those who only have privacy or glare protection as a concern.


Average price for car tint in Alberta Canada - $350 +/-


Metallized Tint : This is a mid-level tint, Good performance for heat control and glare reduction, But may effect GPS, Bluetooth, Cell phones.


Average price for car tint in Alberta Canada - $450 +/-


Ceramic Tint : This is a high performance tint. the best heat absorbing performance out of any tint, optically clear.


Average price for car tint in Alberta Canada - $700 +/-



Warranty




Warranty is a big plus when looking for a good value window tint and may not effect the price as much as you think. Many shops offer a lifetime manufacture warranty tint but one more good question to ask is what the installation warranty is... the tint maybe warrantied against fade, bubbling, delaminating and so on, but if the installation of the tint doesn't look good, or it peels up a few months down the road, you'll wish you asked, a lifetime warranty film is only good if it stays on the window.


You also may be required to register your warranty online so its not a bad idea to ask that question as well.



The take away is that there are quite a few options for window tint and depending on which option you choose the price will then vary on your car, truck, SUV or van. so best to get out there and ask the questions, read the reviews, and find the tint shop that checks all the boxes!


Happy Hunting!




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Updated: Mar 8, 2023


 


As a young man I was always looking for a way to customize my car with the best parts and aftermarket products I could afford, to set myself apart from my friends and others in the early 2000's car culture.


With Fast and the furious mentality in full swing we customized our cars to death with everything and anything we could, and in doing so I learned how quickly a vehicle can become untastefully modified. Spending money were I didn't have too, only to be unhappy with the results.


After years of working on my project cars and trucks I finally ended up working for a small window tinting company in Okotoks installing Flat glass tint where I spent 3 years honing my skills under the owners mentorship. It was there I learned all about different types of window tint, Paint protection film, Flat glass tint, Vinyl Graphics and Vinyl Wraps. I also took several film installation courses with trainers like Justin Pate (Avery Dennison wrap training) , the Blanchard brothers (3M Graphics installation training) and various Xpel Certified trainers both in Calgary and San Antonio Texas for both window tint and paint protection film, and Ceramic Coatings.




 

The start of Okotoks Tinting


I starting Okotoks tinting in 2018 and I wanted so much to focus on products with excellent warranties that are backed up by a good customer service which I found with Xpel. Their focus on the customer experience and their attention to detail with their products really impressed me so I aligned my company to grow with their product line.



I wanted to make sure I was able to offer my customers a product that would last the test of time and look awesome doing it, with the newest and best technology available so they would never have to feel the way I did when I was younger, unhappy with the results or longevity.


Since opening, my team size and experience have increased to add a PPF installer Joel who has since moved to the UK is 2022 and continues to install window tint and paint protection film there. Another Tinter, Ed in 2020, and 2 Paint protection film installers Lukas and Kaitlin in 2022! Lukas came with Detailing and paint polishing Experience which many of our customers have taken advantage of!





 

GOAL


My goal for this blog is to lend a professional opinion on the different services offered in the vehicle protection and customization industry, with a few Do's and Don'ts and product reviews to keep you up to date on a very fast changing industry! Thanks for reading! and if you want updates please subscribe and share!











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